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  2. I have a Sony NEX 5n, complete system with 3 Nauticam ports and 3 Sony lenses, 2 strobes, arms, Nauticam housing and 3 camera bodies I am looking to sell. They are in great working condition, the housing has never flooded and neither have the strobes. Please let me know if you have questions or interest. It’s a great system setup for beginners or anyone looking to step it up from a point and shoot. I love this camera but have finally taken the plunge and upgraded to a newer system.
  3. Hi! I’ve been diving about 8 years now and find it just as exhilarating now when I get in the water as I did the first time. I love photography and have had a blast taking uw photos over the past years. I just bought a new set up and an eager to spend some time in the water with it.
  4. Hey, do you have any sample images? I'm starting to consider the A6000 for myself and would love to see what it puts out Thanks
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  6. I now have a much better feeling for the difficulties of running workshops. Last week I was cajoled into leading a photo workshop for Blue Water Photo on a Rocio Del Mar trip to the Northern Sea of Cortez. On the trip there were only 4 photographers (2 novices, two relatively accomplished ) and teaching this group was quite challenging. After every dive I would go over the photos with each person and try to get them to change their approaches appropriately. The only thing that really worked was to leave my camera on the boat; give the group a set of extremely explicit instructions (shoot each of the 4 common bennies/gobies head on) and then set up the shot for each of them to get what I was saying. That worked but nothing in the class lectures seemed to have a very big effect. Running such workshops is hard and in spite of the large amount of 1on1 instruction at the end of the week there was a lot less improvement than I would liked to have seen. Of course it was probably my teaching style that was at fault but I have a lot more respect for the folks that run big workshops. Bill
  7. Ok, will pass on your link for him to contact you. :-)
  8. Where are you based? I assume the USA due to the prices quoted in USD, but where exactly? City/state will suffice John Q
  9. Messaged you about the extension ring and the macro port.
  10. Please feel free to critique my latest video. Diving the Galapagos Islands, August 2019
  11. Just hoping someone may be able to steer me in the right direction. I am using a nexus housing with a D300. When using a 105 lens I have attached to the port a macro flip holder from Reefnet Subsee with both their +5&+10. I would like to move to the Nauticam SMC 1 and possibly the SMC 2. The problem I am encountering is the port diameter is 102mm and has no internal or external threads. I am looking for some type of holder that will attach to the port and hold the Nauticam lens. The Reefnet holder will not hold the SMC lens securely. While the folks at both Backscatter and Reef have been good no one has been able to get any information from either SAGA or Nexus. I may have to find a new port but looking for a holder to fit the 102 mm diameter first.Hence this posting. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks for reading.
  12. I think by the time you zoom there won't be much difference to the 8-18 you will need a test card to check. The main benefit of the wwl-1 compared to a rectilinear is that it works at wider apertures however the inon needs to stop at f/8 and offers no benefits See how you get on as you already have the 7" port I think you will use it because it works well for split shots For sharks instead my go to lens is the 14-42mm with the Wwl-1 not because of field of view but because the sharks look skinny with a rectilinear lens Sent from my SM-A505FN using Tapatalk
  13. To be clear. Adding the Wetlens would be in addition to a fisheye lens. I would only use it for those dives, where it is likely the fisheye will be too wide and 12mm behind a flat port will be too narrow. I will see how the quality is. 10€ for a step-down ring is cheap enough that there it should be alright to just try. I will also keep the 7" dome, but I don't want to carry it on every trip, as it is quite large.
  14. The camera autofocus engine can be captured by the microphone if you have continuous focus switches on I rarely change focus this days and my audio is pretty clean Sent from my SM-A505FN using Tapatalk
  15. I am not sure which version of the UWL-100 you have and if you have a dome but with the lens you have there is a chance that the incremental field of view you get over the 8-18 is not much. The 12-50 is not the best lens for use with a wet lens, the Panasonic 14-42 MkII and PZ with the 35 and 29 port are the lenses that sit closer to the glass and give best optical quality I run some tests to compare the inon to the UWL-H100 and the inon lens clearly suffers with micro four thirds whilst the difference on the sony rx100 series was not substantial Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. Thanks for the helpful replies. Getting a step down ring is probably the lowest cost way to test my setup. It gives me some time to figure out whether I need or want a flip adapter and stick to the 12-50mm as my main macro solution that also does wide angle, or if maybe I should invest in a 60mm macro. On the fisheye/wide angle side I think it's best to just get the native dome and fisheye. While the Canon 8-15 seems to be an amazing lens on mu43 it is a very expensive proposition.
  17. Hello, I sometimes teach diving in Indonesia, and just got back a month ago from both Komodo and Penida (I can recommend a great shop in Penida, if you don't already have one). I agree with the others that the 16-35 will provide the least use at Lembeh, but it can be great at Komodo. You could very well have a manta come close enough to tap your head, and you may need the wide for those manta point dives at either Komodo or Penida. Take them all, in other words. The muck diving is fantastic at all three places, Lembeh first, then Komodo, then Penida last. One poster commented on the cauldron/shotgun; no use taking photos there, frankly, the current can be as strong as 9 knots. In July, it was generally slower, though, but still at least six, which is too strong for that dive site to carry any gear. Strap a GoPro to your mask, or better yet a Paralenz, if you have one or can borrow/rent one. Which liveaboard in Komodo? Have you booked flights to Labuan Bajo yet? Btw, Labuan Bajo is not much of a town to see, frankly, there is no reason to spend any time there aside from boarding your boat. Arrange your flights so you can get right on the boat, and then leave shortly afterward. Be careful with weight limits; flying out of Bali you'll have no problems, but at LBJ, they'll nickel and dime you to death. Check the plane model as well; you'll want a 737 with more room in the overhead, rather than the ATR-72 prop plane which has almost no room - thus the airline you choose makes a difference how much space you have for your gear.
  18. If you have not yet been to Sipadan, save your money so you can go. It is among the best areas in the world for diving, challenging conditions, spectacular sealife, and great dive shops. Malaysia's national parks just increased the number of daily permits from 120 to 180, but most of the increase went to new shops in Semporna and to liveaboards. The nearest shops are on Mabul island (Pulau Mabul), and the best way to see Sipadan is to stay at one there; I prefer Seaventures because they have the best permit to guest ratio, and as a result it increases your chances of getting a permit. Mind you, diving at Mabul is quite good, and nearby Kapalai has fantastic muck diving with great macro, from flambouyant cuttlefish to pygmy seahorses to mimic octopus. Dive the house reef under Seaventures and run into Elvis, the massive (>10m) moray eel (he can be frightening to run into on a night dive). Diving at Sipadan requires at least AOW, but I would recommend the Deep cert as well, and Nitrox if you plan to dive more than thrice a day for multiple days; try South Point first if you can, to see the hammerheads, which often are at 40m and a bit out into the blue. Then get your Cavern or Cave cert, and you can enter Turtle Tomb, a very narrow cave deep under Sipadan Island which houses several turtle skeletons; or, with the Deep cert, you can just go into the entrance to the tomb, which is a wide cavern with easy access out, and still get interesting shots.
  19. Many dive shops (outside Thailand) criticize Koh Tao, largely I've found due to competition. Koh Tao is not the most challenging diving, which is why it is a nearly perfect place to teach diving - you get great sealife, in warm water, without strong currents that would discourage many would-be divers. That is why many of the most prolific dive shops (in terms of certifications issued) are on Koh Tao, and some among the highest award winners in quality of instruction as well (there are also bad with the good, so do your research). There is much to photograph in the nearby waters, and many come to experience whale sharks, which seem to be more consistent there than in other places where I have seen them (Honduras, Philippines....).
  20. If you have not yet dived (dove?) at Komodo, you should really give it a shot; flying to Bali is quite cheap from many places now, then another quick flight to Labuan Bajo. The best months are April through August, once November hits the currents change, and can be so strong that visibility is quite limited. The north of the park tends to have the best sealife, which is generally avoided from November through February when dive shops go south. Go see the mantas, check off that bucket list item.
  21. Hello, I'm Bernie, from Vancouver, Canada. I'm a PADI Specialty Instructor (qualified for MSDT, but never applied for the cert, no need to Put Another Dollar In yet again). My main diving areas are in SE Asia, I've given up coldwater diving (recalling the horrors of doing my OW in 3C water, AOW in 5C, and Rescue in 8C), so sold all my coldwater gear. I've taught in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. I don't teach diving full-time, though, I'm a prof, so have my "real job" here in Vancouver. I recently changed photo rigs, to a Nikon D800 with Aquatica housing. I also have the Paralenz, which takes great video, but it is so wide angle you have to do a lot of editing. It's a bit of a trick to get used to how you move your head since the only real way to control what you actually capture in Paralenz is to mount it to your mask (it has no viewfinder nor usable screen). You end up then piecing short clips together to make any useful video. I also have older GoPros, no real need to upgrade since every time you have to replace most of the accessories (annoying part of their business model), so I have a few of the 3/3+/4 GoPros with all the giz one could ever need, but I rarely use them anymore. Maybe I should sell them....
  22. I am looking to purchase Sea & Sea YS-250 strobes. Please reach out if you have any for sale.
  23. The UWL-100 comes in several flavours and INON data seems to indicate it is designed for 28mm equivalent lenses there is one footnote saying only compatible on 14-42 lens. Here is their page: http://www.inon.jp/products/lens/uwl100achromat/top.html The website indicates using a type 2 lens for olympus cameras. I believe also the lens is not designed to zoom through only to use at it about the widest setting close to 28mm equivalent on the lens: " Set the camera to wide end. If you observe vignetting at wide end, zoom to telephoto side minimum necessary or crop the image after taking image. The lens is designed to get optimum performance at above setting. " Before I went out and a purchased a flip mount I would suggest just getting a step down ring to m67 and screw it on to give it a try and see how it performs, you will probably need to zoom into about 14mm on the 12-50.
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